Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) issued the following statement on his adamant opposition to Senate Bill 32, a radical environment policy that will worsen poverty in the Central Valley:
My colleagues who voted to support SB 32 do not fully grasp the real human suffering experienced by so many in the Central Valley and what’s needed to stop the pain.
Hardworking families throughout the Central Valley, the Inland Empire, eastern San Diego County, the Coachella Valley and the mountain areas of California will be forced to carry the burden of increased costs in their daily life, including housing prices, fuel costs, price of food, and the costs associated with opening and maintaining a small business, among many others.
Almost every aspect of life for middle-income and working-poor families in California will be negatively impacted by the expansion of a constitutionally-questionable law.
Every time one of these radical environmental bills is brought up, a Democrat legislator makes false statements that utility bills are lower in California than in Texas because of California’s “progressive” energy policies.
The inconvenient truth is that the price in 2014 for California electricity was 56 percent higher per kilowatt-hour than it is was in Texas. Additionally, between 2005 and 2015, the price for energy in this state went up by over 33 percent, while the cost for electricity in Texas decreased during this same time period by nearly six percent.
You can’t compare weather in Houston, El Paso and San Antonio to coastal communities of San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. But it does illustrate my point that Valley folks, like folks in Texas, have to use more energy, because we have very hot summers and very cold winters.
Folks in my district are paying more for electricity and gas as a direct result of policies put in place by AB 32.
It’s shameful when wealthy coastal elites have no sympathy for middle-class and working-poor families who don’t live on the coast.
SB 32 passed out of the Senate on a party-line vote of 25 to 13.